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Michael Crichton

Geburtstag: 23. Oktober 1942
Todesdatum: 4. November 2008
Andere Namen: Мајкл Крајтон

John Michael Crichton [ˈkɹaɪtn̩] war ein US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller, Drehbuchautor, Regisseur und Filmproduzent. Wikipedia

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„Das Vorsorgeprinzip, so es denn korrekt angewendet wird, verbietet das Vorsorgeprinzip. Es ist ein Widerspruch in sich. Das Vorsorgeprinzip kann daher gar nicht hart genug attackiert werden.“

—  Michael Crichton, buch Welt in Angst

Welt in Angst. München 2005. ISBN 3-89667-210-X. Nachwort. S. 516. Übersetzer: Ulnke Wasel und Klaus Timmermann
Original englisch: "The “precautionary principle,” properly applied, forbids the precautionary principle. It is self-contradictory. The precautionary principle therefore cannot be spoken of in terms that are too harsh." - State of Fear. HarperCollins 2004. p. 571

„Die Geschichte des menschlichen Glaubens sollte uns als Mahnung dienen. Wir haben Tausende unserer Mitmenschen umgebracht, weil wir glaubten, dass sie einen Pakt mit dem Teufel unterzeichnet hatten und Hexen geworden waren. Noch immer werden über tausend Menschen pro Jahr wegen Hexerei umgebracht.“

—  Michael Crichton, buch Welt in Angst

Welt in Angst. München 2005. ISBN 3-89667-210-X. Nachwort. S. 526. Übersetzer: Ulnke Wasel und Klaus Timmermann
Original englisch: "The past history of human belief is a cautionary tale. We have killed thousands of our fellow human beings because we believed they had signed a contract with the devil, and had become witches. We still kill more than a thousand people a year for witchcraft." - State of Fear. HarperCollins 2004. p. 580

„Es gibt viele Gründe, warum wir von fossilen Brennstoffen wegkommen sollten, und genau das werden wir im Lauf des nächsten Jahrhunderts auch tun, ohne entsprechende Gesetze, finanzielle Anreize, Programme zur Kohlenstoffbindung und das ewige Gejammer der professionellen Angstmacher. Soweit ich weiß, musste Anfang des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts keiner das Pferd als Transportmittel verbieten.“

—  Michael Crichton, buch Welt in Angst

Welt in Angst. München 2005. ISBN 3-89667-210-X. Nachwort. S. 515. Übersetzer: Ulnke Wasel und Klaus Timmermann
Original englisch: "There are many reasons to shift away from fossil fuels, and we will do so in the next century without legislation, financial incentives, carbon-conservation programs, or the interminable yammering of fearmongers. So far as I know, nobody had to ban horse transport in the early twentieth century." - State of Fear. HarperCollins 2004. p. 570

„Ich weiß mit Gewissheit, dass es zu viel Gewissheit in der Welt gibt.“

—  Michael Crichton, buch Welt in Angst

Welt in Angst. München 2005. ISBN 3-89667-210-X. Nachwort. S. 518. Übersetzer: Ulnke Wasel und Klaus Timmermann
Original englisch: "I am certain there is too much certainty in the world." - State of Fear. HarperCollins 2004. p. 573

„Wir wissen erstaunlich wenig über die verschiedenen Aspekte unserer Umwelt, von ihren frühesten Anfängen bis zu ihrem jetzigen Zustand. Auch die Frage, wie sie bewahrt und geschützt werden kann, ist noch nicht beantwortet. In sämtlichen Diskussionen überschätzen alle Parteien das Ausmaß und die Zuverlässigkeit des vorhandenen Wissens.“

—  Michael Crichton, buch Welt in Angst

Welt in Angst. München 2005. ISBN 3-89667-210-X. Nachwort. S. 514. Übersetzer: Ulnke Wasel und Klaus Timmermann
"We know astonishingly little about every aspect of the environment, from its past history, to its present state, to how to conserve and protect it. In every debate, all sides overstate the extent of existing knowledge and its degree of certainty." - State of Fear

„If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree.“

—  Michael Crichton, Timeline

Variante: Professor Johnston often said that if you didn't know history, you didn't know anything. You were a leaf that didn't know it was part of a tree.
Quelle: Timeline

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„Environmentalism needs to be absolutely based in objective and verifiable science, it needs to be rational, and it needs to be flexible. And it needs to be apolitical. To mix environmental concerns with the frantic fantasies that people have about one political party or another is to miss the cold truth — that there is very little difference between the parties, except a difference in pandering rhetoric.“

—  Michael Crichton

Environmentalism as a Religion (2003)
Kontext: Environmentalism needs to be absolutely based in objective and verifiable science, it needs to be rational, and it needs to be flexible. And it needs to be apolitical. To mix environmental concerns with the frantic fantasies that people have about one political party or another is to miss the cold truth — that there is very little difference between the parties, except a difference in pandering rhetoric. The effort to promote effective legislation for the environment is not helped by thinking that the Democrats will save us and the Republicans won't. Political history is more complicated than that.

„I want to mention in passing that punditry has undergone a subtle change over the years.“

—  Michael Crichton

"Why Speculate?" https://web.archive.org/web/20050328084634/http://www.crichton-official.com/speeches/speeches_quote03.html - speech at the International Leadership Forum, La Jolla, California (26 April 2002)
Kontext: I want to mention in passing that punditry has undergone a subtle change over the years. In the old days, commentators such as Eric Sevareid spent most of their time putting events in a context, giving a point of view about what had already happened. Telling what they thought was important or irrelevant in the events that had already taken place. This is of course a legitimate function of expertise in every area of human knowledge.
But over the years the punditic thrust has shifted away from discussing what has happened, to discussing what may happen. And here the pundits have no benefit of expertise at all. Worse, they may, like the Sunday politicians, attempt to advance one or another agenda by predicting its imminent arrival or demise. This is politicking, not predicting.

„The notion that the natural world obeys its own rules and doesn't give a damn about your expectations comes as a massive shock… it will demand that you adapt to it — and if you don't, you die.“

—  Michael Crichton

Environmentalism as a Religion (2003)
Kontext: The notion that the natural world obeys its own rules and doesn't give a damn about your expectations comes as a massive shock... it will demand that you adapt to it — and if you don't, you die. It is a harsh, powerful, and unforgiving world, that most urban westerners have never experienced.

„Science is nothing more than a method of inquiry. The method says an assertion is valid — and merits universal acceptance — only if it can be independently verified.“

—  Michael Crichton

Testimony before the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (28 September 2005)
Kontext: Science is nothing more than a method of inquiry. The method says an assertion is valid — and merits universal acceptance — only if it can be independently verified. The impersonal rigor of the method means it is utterly apolitical. A truth in science is verifiable whether you are black or white, male or female, old or young. It's verifiable whether you like the results of a study, or you don't.

„Science is the most exciting and sustained enterprise of discovery in the history of our species. It is the great adventure of our time.“

—  Michael Crichton

"Ritual Abuse, Hot Air, and Missed Opportunities: Science Views Media" Speech to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Anaheim, California (25 January 1999)
Kontext: Science is the most exciting and sustained enterprise of discovery in the history of our species. It is the great adventure of our time. We live today in an era of discovery that far outshadows the discoveries of the New World five hundred years ago.

„The romantic view of the natural world as a blissful Eden is only held by people who have no actual experience of nature.“

—  Michael Crichton

Environmentalism as a Religion (2003)
Kontext: The romantic view of the natural world as a blissful Eden is only held by people who have no actual experience of nature. People who live in nature are not romantic about it at all. They may hold spiritual beliefs about the world around them, they may have a sense of the unity of nature or the aliveness of all things, but they still kill the animals and uproot the plants in order to eat, to live. If they don't, they will die.

„Most of us have had some experience interacting with religious fundamentalists, and we understand that one of the problems with fundamentalists is that they have no perspective on themselves. They never recognize that their way of thinking is just one of many other possible ways of thinking, which may be equally useful or good.“

—  Michael Crichton

Environmentalism as a Religion (2003)
Kontext: Most of us have had some experience interacting with religious fundamentalists, and we understand that one of the problems with fundamentalists is that they have no perspective on themselves. They never recognize that their way of thinking is just one of many other possible ways of thinking, which may be equally useful or good. On the contrary, they believe their way is the right way, everyone else is wrong; they are in the business of salvation, and they want to help you to see things the right way. They want to help you be saved. They are totally rigid and totally uninterested in opposing points of view. In our modern complex world, fundamentalism is dangerous because of its rigidity and its imperviousness to other ideas.

„This is politicking, not predicting.“

—  Michael Crichton

"Why Speculate?" https://web.archive.org/web/20050328084634/http://www.crichton-official.com/speeches/speeches_quote03.html - speech at the International Leadership Forum, La Jolla, California (26 April 2002)
Kontext: I want to mention in passing that punditry has undergone a subtle change over the years. In the old days, commentators such as Eric Sevareid spent most of their time putting events in a context, giving a point of view about what had already happened. Telling what they thought was important or irrelevant in the events that had already taken place. This is of course a legitimate function of expertise in every area of human knowledge.
But over the years the punditic thrust has shifted away from discussing what has happened, to discussing what may happen. And here the pundits have no benefit of expertise at all. Worse, they may, like the Sunday politicians, attempt to advance one or another agenda by predicting its imminent arrival or demise. This is politicking, not predicting.

„I think that you cannot eliminate religion from the psyche of mankind.“

—  Michael Crichton, buch Welt in Angst

State of Fear (2004)
Kontext: I think that you cannot eliminate religion from the psyche of mankind. If you suppress it in one form, it merely emerges in another form. Even if you don't believe in God, you still have to believe in something that gives meaning to your life, and shapes your sense of the world. Such a belief is religious.

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